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Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Graduate Minneapolis is an elegant setting with a Minnesota flare place. This beautiful venue has been part of the wedding industry over 25 years. Book your wedding or social event with us and experience a memorable day in our warm and cozy hotel! Want to include yor furry friend? No problem! As a pet- friendly hotel, we love dogs and believe they shoud be included in your big day!
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The venue’s lush lake house landscape is complemented by dottings of forest green, woodland toile, and details of plum paisley and Corvette red to bring guests home. The lobby is lounge-central for air hockey tournaments or eating from roving food carts serving local flavor. Whether guests are mingling amid the cozy communal tables or by the dramatic fireplace, the venue and its woodsy backdrop offer a unique atmosphere perfect for a joyous occasion. From the Graduate’s grand Meridian Ballroom to the intimate & elegant Pinnacle Ballroom, this hotel has the perfect space for couples to host their speical day. The Meridian Ballroom, the most spacious event location, is ideal for bigger celebrations, accommodating up to 600 guests. The grand and elegant room is located in the east wing of the mezzanine level, offering a large pre-function area to greet guests, along with access to a private outdoor terrace. Ideal for smaller gatherings, the Pinnacle Ballroom, located in the west wing of the mezzanine level and also offering pre-function space, can host up to 320 guests and can continue the fun outside on the outdoor terrace. The hotel also boasts a Topgolf Swing Suite, ideal for pre-function gatherings, as well as Get Ready Rooms, featuring an elegant lounge area complete with a luxe sitting space and grand mirrors to get ready in.
Whether you are celebrating your special day as an intimate ceremony or an over-the-top bash, Graduate Minneapolis is guaranteed to make the occasion unforgettable. From setup and cleanup to event planning, Graduate offers numerous services so couples can enjoy their special day. As a soon-to-be wed, you also receive in-house catering along with furniture, linen, china, and glassware. Other accommodations provided include:
- One-bedroom suite for the night of the wedding
- Liability insurance
- Wireless Internet
- Outside vendors
- Pet-friendly attitude
- Chairs, tables, and dancefloor
- Barware, flatware, and glassware
- Parking & wheelchair access
Graduate Minneapolis’s creative culinary team will work with couples to concept custom menus and recipes that perfectly reflect each soon-to-be-wed couple. They offer full-service banquets and their signature food carts, providing a delicious touch. From Middle Eastern to Caribbean cuisine, the team offers a wide range of regional food in different presentations, including buffets, stations, family-style, hors d'oeuvres, and plated meals. The venue can also accommodate dietary needs to ensure that everyone gets to eat the exceptional food. Other catering abilities include:
- Cocktail receptions
- French service
- Outside cake
- Organic or pork-free cuisine
Nestled in the heart of the University of Minnesota campus between Coffman Memorial Union and a stone's throw from the Gopher’s stadium, Graduate Minneapolis is just a short walk from local businesses, the Mississippi River, and beautiful parks. The gorgeous venue is only two miles from the magic of downtown Minneapolis and 12 miles from the Minneapolis−Saint Paul International Airport, making all occasions easily accessible and close to plenty of entertainment and activity options.
Courtesy of: Vick Photography, Bellagala, Studion 220 Photography, Carina Photographics, Lauren B. Photography
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Best Staff and Venue
Cozy hotel with big personality, great food, and the best venu coordinator
We had our groom's dinner, ceremony, reception, and guest block at The Graduate. It was an amazing experience and such a beautiful hotel. All of the staff was helpful, courteous, and made us feel welcome.
The vibe at The Graduate is super unique, the best of kitsch and class. It made for the best backdrops for our wedding photos and their food options are unique and fun.
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Michael loves to help couples plan the perfect wedding day. With flexibility in mind he will work to make sure every detail is carefully planned and executed. Michael has over 15+ years experience in wedding & event services and has a passion for planning unique and extraordinary experiences.
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Commons Hotel are fantastic at what they do! They really appreciate and always work to reach everyone's needs. The team there were so helpful and really worked hard to make everything perfect!
We are always happy to work with Brenda Picasso at The Commons Hotel!
The Commons Hotel is a fantastic place to have your reception. Beautiful Venue and Friendly Staff.
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- Bridal Suite
- Clean Up
- Event Planning
- Set Up
- Cake Cutting
- House Beer
- House Liquor
- House Wine
- Open Bar
- Specialty Beer
- Uncovered Outdoor
- Bridal Shower
- Engagement Party
- Rehearsal Dinner
- Bar Services
- Catering Services
- Clean Up
- Event Planner
- Get Ready Rooms
- Liability Insurance
- Outside Vendors
- Pet Friendly
- Dance Floor